“Maybe we need to think wildly different. Maybe we need to go in our communities and serve them. Give them things they do need. Maybe they’d consider going to a meeting and engaging with a group of kind people who have loved on them for a while. Maybe we need to fix our communications so that they’ll know.” – Mark MacDonald
“So I want you to consider making your life one long gift to others. And why not? All you have is on loan, anyway. All that lasts is what you pass on… So I ask you to begin giving, and to continue as you began. I think you’ll find in the end that you got far more than you ever had, and did more good than you ever dreamed.” – Stephen King
“When we explore options for increasing what the master has entrusted to us, we will reap the reward and be found faithful.” – Nelson Searcy
My Strengths (Strengths Finder) are:
By far, my greatest strength is being a learner. I absolutely love learning new things. It’s kind of like a challenge (competition?) to me when I find something I don’t know how to do. Which is a lot!
I work at a church that supports me in learning new things. They support me in my interests to learn more about how we/I can help make the church a better place. And they support me by giving me plenty of chances and avenues to learn.
I am about to get on a plane to head home from attending a church communication certification class, and my heart is full for how the leaders of my church love God, always want to get better for God and support me!
I couldn’t ask for a better place to work!
I saw this quote on Twitter this morning.
“Architecture and design should be such that people don’t need an invitation to step inside.”
This really makes me think…
In thinking about church communications and publications, how can we create things with content to where it is an obvious invitation and people felt drawn to the community of people?
If we were going to build a church, how would we design it to be an inviting place? Where they already feel invited and welcome?
How do I design/change my life to where people don’t need an invitation to enter into my presence or into the nitty gritty of my life?
So much to think about!
Here are a few questions I am wrestling with in regards to church lately:
– What do we want our guests to tell their friends about their experience at our church the next morning? We need to write this story and then make it happen!
– What is the greatest need/pain in our community? How are we meeting this need?
– If church is not a popular place in the community these days, how are we different? What are we good at? What do we do better than 10,000 other churches?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!